Why Do I Blog Meme?

Strawberry Singh has a lot of thought provoking posts. Several months ago she did one called “Why Do I Blog Meme?and she encouraged fellow bloggers to give it a try themselves. Well, here I am and here it is.

  1. How long have you been blogging? I began my Second Life blogging in December 2007 with a Google Blogger blog (since moved here).
  2. Why did you start blogging? An inworld friend made a practice of shooting a RL photo of herself every day and this fascinated me. I liked the idea of capturing the essence of each day. Anyway, I wanted to keep a record of all the goings-on in my second life because they seemed to be happening so fast, and I was having a hard time remembering the sequence of events. So, I thought I’d keep a daily journal, and I did till my blog evolved.
  3. How many times a week do you post an entry? This is a sore point with me. Originally I wanted to do a post every day but my discipline has faded and my objectives have changed. Lately, I’m lucky if I post once a week.
  4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I get blog feeds from almost 200 blogs but I also use links on those blogs to take me to other blogs. I’m a slow reader but for some reason I find it easier to read blogs than to sit down with a book.
  5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Oh yes! And I leave “Likes” also. One of the benefits I’ve discovered is there are many interesting bloggers with a vast array of points of view. I try to engage often and have great fondness for many bloggers.
  6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes, I used a couple of tools to give me a perspective on who the readers are. My favorite tool is the ClustrMap in the right column; it gives me a pictorial view of where my readers are on a world map. One lesson I learned about blogging is that readers find there way here by so many different sources from word of mouth to web searches. In fact, about half of my blogs readers are outside the USA.
  7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? I’ve written a couple I actually regret but I quickly deleted them. Unfortunately, with email delivery of my blog posts they went out to many readers. One reader even deleted his subscription and I’ve never forgotten that. I think most readers come back to this blog when I’m upbeat and not too critical. When I imported my Blogger into this blog I began deleting or privatizing posts that were critical of Linden Lab. No one pressured me to do this, I’ve just given up on public commentary about the issues that disappoint me with Second Life.
  8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Yes, I believe I’ve been honest with my feelings in this blog, often to my own embarrassment.
  9. Do you blog under your real name? No, I’m strictly a pseudonym. However, I did blog under my real name back in 2002 through 2006, and one year I wrote for a major Internet media company.
  10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? Yes, I try to exclude all real life topics.
  11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? When I’m keeping to theme, this blog is about living in a virtual world. In fact, I’ve used the blurb “Yordie Sands stars as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life.” That probably sounds arrogant, what with “stars” and all, but I hope people read it with a smile. A few months ago I left Second Life and my notion of theme has gone with it. Since leaving SL I’ve been trying to fit my virtual identity into the constraints of my real life. I have technically returned to Second Life but I don’t know what my second life will be going forward. Hence, the theme of this blog may change as I find my new role.
  12. Do you have more than one blog? Yes, although not currently active I plan to resume writing for the iRez Salon, published by Vaneeesa Blaylock.  And I have an active blog on Tumblr, used mainly for my ramblings about Empire Avenue. Also, I have three inactive blogs, Being Yordie Sands (on Blogger), Cartesian Theater and Blues for Autism.
  13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? First, I’m very happy that I’ve chronicled so much of my second life. I can look back and see my growth. Also, blogging has helped me make many new friends. It has also become part of my virtual identity. And although I’ve always enjoyed shooting photos (over 5,000 in this blog), it helped me recognize that I want to be a Second Life photographer.
  14. So, why do you continue to blog? This is not a good time for me to answer this question. However, if I do continue to blog it will be because I’ve found some new inspirations in Second Life. There are several activities vying for my interest, but I know I’ll never live the same type of second life I have in the past. Once I’ve sorted all this out, I’ll either continue to blog or write a final goodbye.
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About Yordie

I'm an avatar in Second Life where I star as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life. In the real world, I'm writing my debut sci-fi novel.
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2 Responses to Why Do I Blog Meme?

  1. I hope you do continue blogging and find your inspirations. I’m glad to see you back. ❤

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    • Yordie says:

      Thanks Berry… Maybe the person I’ve been, the Second Life socialite and adventurer, has run its course. There are still things that interest me and I found new ideas at SL10B, but I doubt I’ll ever be who I was before 2013.

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